Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


EVENTS

COMMUNITY


Meetings at City Hall April 21 – 25

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Planning Committee– Tuesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Application to construct an addition at 205 Crichton Street, a property designated under part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District
  • Treasurer’s Statement on Development Charges Reserve Funds for 2013
  • Status update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the period ending April 15, 2014
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Funding for the 2014 Employment Land Review
  • Memorandum of Understanding – Millennium Park
  • Zoning – 120 Prestige Circle
  • Zoning – 2575 Innes Road
  • Zoning – 4310 Fallowfield Road
  • Zoning – 9 Leeming Drive
  • Zoning – 45 Mann Avenue
  • Zoning – 330 Sussex Drive

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, April 23, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Environment Committee –Thursday, April 24, 1 p.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall


Meetings at City Hall April 14 – 18

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Public Library Board – Monday, April 14, 5 p.m., Ben Franklin Place (The Chamber), 101 Centrepointe Drive

Transit Commission – Wednesday, April 16, 9:30 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

  • OC Transpo Operations at Railway Level Crossings
  • Amendment to Transit By-Law (By-Law 2007-268)
  • Enhanced Safety Measures to Southwest Transitway
  • Status Update –Transit Commission Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending April 4, 2014
  • General Accounts – Write-Offs 2013
  • Delegation of Authority – Contracts Awarded for the Period October 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 for Transit Services

Community and Protective Services Committee – Thursday, April 17, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Community and Protective Services Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending April 10, 2014
  • Commemorative Naming – Foot Guards Park
  • Youth Summit Action Plan Update


Carp Road Landfill

The City has received an application to amend the zoning to permit the new landfill of Carp Road that has been approved by the province.  A public session is tentatively set for May 5 to go over the application, and I’m meeting with my west end colleagues to learn more about it.  Watch my column and website for further updates prior to the meeting.


Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital

cleaning_capital_enThe City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available.

Registration is quick and easy:

  • Go to ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The new interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.

Win prizes

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 80,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kg of litter from 1,400 locations.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/green-living/cleaning-capital

 


Wildlife Speaker Series: Backyard Biodiversity

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The City of Ottawa will be marking National Wildlife Week with the second session of its Wildlife Speakers Series on Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in Andrew S. Haydon Hall (Council Chambers) at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. The topic of this session is Backyard Biodiversity: Welcoming nature into your yard, not your home.

The featured guest speakers are Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl from Nature Canada, and Bill Dowd, CEO of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, Canada’s largest wildlife control company.

Ms. Kirkpatrick-Wahl is a conservation biologist, who is currently working on the NatureHood program, which aims to connect people with nature in urban environments – right in their backyards.

Mr. Dowd has over 25 years of experience in helping people avoid or resolve conflicts with wildlife around residential settings. He is respected as an expert in the field.

In addition to the presentations, there will be a nature slideshow and an environmental exposition from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife and natural environment and local environmental initiatives. Participants will include the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Ontario Electronic Stewardship will also have a booth and will be accepting old electronic equipment for recycling.

The City will hold two more events in the Wildlife Speakers Series this year. The series is intended to increase residents’ knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and promote coexistence through understanding and respect. All of these events are free of charge.

The next session is planned for June on the topic of white-tailed deer.


Meetings at City Hall April 7 – 11

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Crime Prevention Ottawa – Board Meeting– Monday, April 7, 5 p.m. Colonel By Room

Planning Committee– Tuesday, April 8, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Front Ending Agreements for: Mattamy Fairwinds North Phase 3 Park; Mattamy Fairwinds West / Tartan Poole Creek Village Park; and Minto Arcadia Stage 2 Park
  • 2013 Annual Report pursuant to the Building Code Act
  • Planning and Growth Management Term of Council Workplan 2014 Update and 2013 Delegated Authority Report

Accessibility Advisory Committee – Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, April 9, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Built Heritage Sub-Committee– Thursday, April 10, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Beaverbrook Community Heritage Study Launch
  • Application to Construct an Addition to 205 Crichton Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District

Transportation Committee– Thursday, April 10, 1:30 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Transportation Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending March 28, 2014
  • Chapman Mills Extension (Longfields Drive to Strandherd Drive) and Bus Rapid Transit (Greenbank Road to Cedarview Road) Environmental Assessment Study – Statement of Work
  • Advance Left Turn Arrow at St. Patrick Street East Bound and Island Lodge Road


Meetings at City Hall April 7 – 11

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, April 1, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Finance and Economic Development Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending March 21, 2014
  • Commemorative Naming – Nelson Mandela Square
  • Appointment to the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • Appointments to the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area Board and to the Sparks Street Mall Authority Board of Management
  • Report on Bill 69 – Prompt Payment Act, 2013
  • 2013 Information Management Annual Report and Records Retention and Disposition By-Law 2003-527 Amendments
  • Report on Budget Expenses Pursuant to Ontario Regulation 284/09
  • 2014 Tax Ratios and Other Tax Policies
  • 2014 City of Ottawa Municipal Accessibility Plan (COMAP) Update Report
  • Corporate Business Case Approach
  • Surplus Declaration – 2994 St. Joseph Boulevard
  • Non-Viable Vacant Land Fronting Rainbow Street and Known Municipally as 849 Shefford Road – Waiver of Former Owner’s Right to Purchase

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee –Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., Osgoode Community Centre, 5660 Osgoode Main St, Osgoode

  • Status Update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending March 27, 2014
  • Zoning – 4544 Torbolton Ridge Road
  • Zoning – 4029 Viewbank Road
  • Zoning – 4093 Prince of Wales Drive
  • Zoning – 3625 4th Line (Dalmac) Road
  • Zoning – 3022 Trim Road
  • Zoning – 7149 McCordick Road
  • Zoning – 3996 and 4010 2nd Line (Gordon Murdock) Road
  • Zoning – 6182 Bank Street
  • Zoning – 5650 Mitch Owens Road
  • Report and Zoning Amendment on Residential Conversions


Ottawa Police Crime Alert

CRIME ALERT: THEFT From VEHICLE/Secure Valuables

 Issue: Thefts from vehicles and Break and Enters in Kanata/Stittsville.  We generally see a marked increase in reports of theft and break and enter as the weather gets warmer. 

What you can do – Safety Tips:

By changing your behaviour when it comes to putting valuables out of sight and locking up, you can reduce the risk of being targeted for theft.

  • Ensure your garage, shed, home and vehicle are always locked, even when you are home.  Do not leave valuables in plain view.
  • Park facing the street and in a well lit area so that anyone tampering with your vehicle is more noticeable.
  • Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle. Personal identification, vehicle registration, insurance certificates or credit cards, etc, even loose change can make your vehicle a target.
  • Place an “All Valuables Removed” card on your car to help remind you to remove valuables before leaving your car and also deter would-be thieves. http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/crimeprevention/safetyandpreventiontips/roadsafety/safety_theft_prevention.aspx> ”
  • Report any/all suspicious incidents or incidents of theft to Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300
  • Consider a residential alarm system to provide additional security and deterrence.
  • Consider  a Home Security Inspection (FREE) from OPS
  • Consider starting/joining Neighbourhood Watch.

 Kanata/Stittsville CPC Officer:  Constable Lori Fahey    Telephone: 236-1222, Ext #2005


Meetings at City Hall March 31 – April 4

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, April 1, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Finance and Economic Development Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending March 21, 2014
  • Commemorative Naming – Nelson Mandela Square
  • Appointment to the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • Appointments to the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area Board and to the Sparks Street Mall Authority Board of Management
  • Report on Bill 69 – Prompt Payment Act, 2013
  •  2013 Information Management Annual Report and Records Retention and Disposition By-Law 2003-527 Amendments
  • Report on Budget Expenses Pursuant to Ontario Regulation 284/09
  • 2014 Tax Ratios and Other Tax Policies
  • 2014 City of Ottawa Municipal Accessibility Plan (COMAP) Update Report
  • Corporate Business Case Approach
  • Surplus Declaration – 2994 St. Joseph Boulevard
  • Non-Viable Vacant Land Fronting Rainbow Street and Known Municipally as 849 Shefford Road – Waiver of Former Owner’s Right to Purchase

 

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee –Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., Osgoode Community Centre, 5660 Osgoode Main St, Osgoode

  •          Status Update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending March 27, 2014
  •          Zoning – 4544 Torbolton Ridge Road
  •          Zoning – 4029 Viewbank Road
  •          Zoning – 4093 Prince of Wales Drive
  •          Zoning – 3625 4th Line (Dalmac) Road
  •          Zoning – 3022 Trim Road
  •         Zoning – 7149 McCordick Road
  •         Zoning – 3996 and 4010 2nd Line (Gordon Murdock) Road
  •         Zoning – 6182 Bank Street
  •         Zoning – 5650 Mitch Owens Road
  •         Report and Zoning Amendment on Residential Conversions


Meetings at City Hall March 24- March 28.

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Environment Committee - Monday, March 24, 9:30 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

  • World Water Day – Proclamation
  • Quarterly Performance Report, Q3 – July 1 to September 30, 2013
  • Water Environment Strategy – Phase 1

Police Services Board - Monday, March 24, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • Attendance at Ontario Association of Police Services Boards Annual Conference
  • Canadian Association of Police Governance –  Hosting 2016 Annual Conference
  • “Igniting the Spirit” Fundraising Event for the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
  • Annual Financial Report – 2013
  • Public Rewards – Annual Report
  • Workplace Accidents and Injuries – 2013 Annual Report
  • Sworn Promotion Process – 2013 Annual Report
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions – March 2014
  • Letters of Commendation

Planning Committee – Tuesday, March 25, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Application for Demolition of Bradley’s General Store, 1518 Stittsville Main Street, a Property Designated Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application to Demolish and to Construct a New Structure at 7 Clarence Street, a Property Located in the Byward Market Heritage Conservation District and Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Addition of 30 Oriole Drive to the City of Ottawa Heritage Register
  • Application to Alter 269 McLeod Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
  • Zoning – Part of 6429 Renaud Road
  • Zoning – 5315 Abbott Street (formerly known as part of 5618 Hazeldean Road)
  • Zoning – 2148 Carling Avenue and 830 Aaron Avenue
  • Draft Revisions to Infill By-law 2012-147 – Response to Ontario Municipal Board Interim Order on Appeal
  • Report and Zoning Amendment on Residential Conversions
  • Pool Enclosure By-law 2013-39 – Technical Amendments
  • City of Ottawa Environmental Noise Control Guidelines – Review of Regulatory Framework and Current Practices
  • 2014 Patio Fee Reduction – Pilot Project
  • Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law 2005-439 – Signs on Windows

Council Meeting – Wednesday, March 26, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall


Canada Post Changes for Kanata Residents

The changes will affect Beaverbrook. I  am in touch with the Beaverbrook Community Association and will discuss the changes at my upcoming Town Hall on March 25th.

A message to Kanata North residents:  I am concerned about this and am meeting with Canada Post and City officials today. Stay tuned for updates.

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Canada Post’s transition to community mailbox delivery will begin in fall 2014 in 11 communities across Canada

Ottawa (ON) – Canada Post today announced the 11 communities across Canada where mail will be delivered to new community mailboxes beginning in the fall of 2014. This is the first stage of a five-year national initiative involving roughly 5 million addresses.

In the larger cities in this initial stage, only a few specific neighbourhoods will be affected. Within the affected areas, most businesses will keep delivery to the door. In the smaller municipalities, nearly all households and a higher proportion of businesses will move to community mailbox delivery.

The 11 communities and the approximate number of affected addresses are:
• some neighbourhoods in Calgary, Alta. (10,450 addresses)
• Fort McMurray, Alta. (8,450 addresses)
• some neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, Man. (12,500 addresses)
• Oakville, Ont. (26,400 addresses)
• in Ottawa, Ont., neighbourhoods in Kanata (7,900 addresses)
• Rosemère, Que. (3,350 addresses)
• Lorraine, Que. (2,550 addresses)
• Bois-des-Filion, Que. (2,750 addresses)
• Charlemagne, Que. (1,300 addresses)
• Repentigny, Que. (14,400 addresses)
• and in Halifax, N.S., neighbourhoods in the Lower Sackville and Bedford areas (9,950
addresses).

The neighbourhoods that have been chosen are near areas that already have community mailboxes. As well, the operational structure needed to deliver to community mailboxes already exists in these communities, which makes them most suitable for efficient early conversion.

There will be no change in delivery for:
• people living in apartment buildings, seniors’ buildings and condominiums who have mail
delivered in the building lobby.
• customers who have mail delivered to a rural mailbox at the end of a driveway.
• business addresses if they are in well-established business areas, such as main streets or
“business corridors,” or receive a relatively large volume of mail or parcels.

Affected residents will soon receive an information package from Canada Post in the mail. It will tell them how they can express their priorities and preferences about their new delivery method. Using the feedback from residents, Canada Post will work with local municipal officials to determine suitable locations for the community mailboxes.

Canada Post understands that some seniors and Canadians with disabilities may not be able to get to
their community mailbox, and it is committed to ensuring that no one is left behind from accessing the
mail service. As it transitions existing neighbourhoods like these, it may need to offer additional solutions
for people with significant mobility challenges, who lack viable alternatives and would face unacceptable
hardship. Canada Post will seek input from the various communities that best know the challenges facing
people with mobility issues and deploy new solutions before the conversion occurs.

Background:
Roughly 5 million Canadian addresses, or about one third of the addresses in the country, still have mail
delivery to the door. The other two thirds of addresses have mail delivery to a centralized point such as
an apartment lobby box, a post office, or to a community mailbox (a delivery method that has been in
widespread use for about 30 years), or to a rural mailbox.

The five-year transition to community mailbox delivery will generate the largest financial benefit of Canada Post’s Five-point Action Plan, which was announced on December 11, 2013. Once fully implemented, the community mailbox initiative is forecasted to save $400 million to $500 million a year.

By implementing the Five-point Action Plan as a wave of retirements occurs, Canada Post will hire fewer
employees while meeting the changing needs of Canadians for secure, convenient delivery of mail and parcels. Attrition will allow for the reduction of between 6,000 and 8,000 positions, yet Canada Post will respect its collective agreements and no regular full-time or part-time employees will lose their job as a result of the conversion initiative.

Where community mailboxes will be installed, Canada Post will still attempt delivery at the door of parcels too large to fit in the community mailbox’s parcel compartments and of parcels or registered items that require a signature.


Meetings at City Hall next week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates (check Ottawa.ca for time and date changes), please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Public Library Board – Monday, March 17, 5 p.m., Festival Boardroom

Ottawa Board of Health Monday, March 17, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

Transit Commission – Wednesday, March 19, 9:30 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

  • Transit Services 2013 Customer Survey

Community Services Advisory Committee – Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room


Street paintings Pilot Projects – Apply by April 1st!

The City of Ottawa is excited to announce a Street Painting Pilot Program.  A street painting is a mural painted with traffic grade paint at an intersection or between intersections on low-traffic residential streets.   Street Paintings promote community building and “placemaking” through neighbourhood art, and may have traffic calming benefits.  Street painting encourages neighbours to be actively involved with public space resulting in more welcoming and liveable communities.

Interested residents should find a core group of neighbours who are interested in working collaboratively on a street painting project in their neighbourhood.  Projects must be resident-driven and provide opportunities for all members of the community to participate.

The City of Ottawa will consider requests from residents for Street Painting with some restrictions. All requests are subject to City approvals, bylaws and requirements. Please contact my office for an application package (Marianne.Wilkinson@Ottawa.ca).

All residents interested in seeing a Street Painting project happen in their neighbourhood are encouraged to contact the Neighbourhood Connection Office before applying.

Application Deadline for 2014 projects is April 1, 2014.

For more information please contact:

ANDREA FLOWERS
Neighbourhood Connection Office
City of Ottawa
613.580.2424 x 16081
andrea.flowers@ottawa.ca or
neighbourhoods@ottawa.ca


Beaverbrook Library Construction Update

March 2014: The Library Board and staff had a tour of the new library last week.  It is going to be a great facility with lots of light, space for reference materials, a hug children’s area, a teen zone, a Kanata Room for archives, plenty of seating and study areas, great space for staff and a large meeting room that can be divided into two and will be accessible even when the library is closed.  The opening is scheduled for August.

Previous Updates:

The Beaverbrook Branch is taking shape from the outside in. The second floor roof is finished, and the lower roof is scheduled to be complete in the near future.  Window glazing should be done by early December. Construction work inside the building is now underway, as the first of the three stairways was recently delivered and are now being installed. The Beaverbrook Depot is providing service to many and the Hazeldean Branch is acting as back up.  The opening of the new library is expected to be in August next year.

In the meantime, the Elmvale Acres Branch will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on November 23 at 10:00am, with refreshments, family story time, and crafts. And, the Emerald Plaza Branch will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on that same day from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

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Previous updates: Continue reading


Programs, Services and Events for older adults

The City of Ottawa invites you to sign up to become part of the older adult email distribution list.  Once registered, you will receive email updates on the Older Adult Plan, highlights of City programs and services for older adults, and information about events and opportunities to engage with the City.  The ‘Sign Up’ feature can be found on the upper right-hand corner of the following web page:  www.ottawa.ca/olderadults.   Please email olderadults@ottawa.ca if you have any questions.

Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (4101 Innovation) has spring Drop-In programs for Adults 50+ starting March 17th.

Pickleball      Mondays 1:30-2:30pm and Fridays 9 to 10:45am
Badminton    Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm


Kanata North Community Design Plan Open House Poster Boards

March 13 2014, Map Boards:  http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/planning-and-infrastructure/community-meeting-3-february-26-2014. French version also on the website. Accessibility will be available soon.

When a new community is being planned, it’s important to have those in the vicinity able to have a say in what will be developed there. That’s what happened on February 26 when more than 140 residents packed the meeting room at the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (RRCK) to view the 4 plans that came out of an earlier meeting when groups of residents outlined 15 potential designs.  Letting residents living near the new community know about it is important to me, as I’ve always found that residents have good, concrete ideas that improve any community plan.  Consequently, I visited about 300 homes on cold February days to show them what is proposed and recommend that they put their ideas forward.

The plans should now be on the City website at www.ottawa.ca/kanatanorth along with information on how to submit your opinions and ideas.  For example, you may have a suggestion for a transition zone adjacent to existing homes. You are asked to submit your ideas by March 10.  They will then be considered in the development of one preferred option for presentation, final comments and adjustments in about 2 months.  The concept is expected to go to Planning Committee and Council for approval by August.  It will take several years after that for detailed plans to be submitted, conditions imposed, and services (water, sanitary sewers, drainage systems, hydro, phone, roads, sidewalks) installed.

Thank you to the residents who attended, for your thoughtful questions, for the consultants and City staff who provided clear responses, and for the members of the community advisory group who have helped to shape the consultative process.

July 2013: There was a large turnout to discuss the planning process for the new community to be located along March Road.  I requested copies of the poster boards for residents to view/download and I have uploaded them to scribd.  Links to each board are below. Please email Marianne.Wilkinson@Ottawa.ca if you would like these in French.

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Klondike Road Update

March 6 2014: I’ve just received a plan to make the section of Klondike Road from March to Sandhill safer for pedestrians pending reconstruction of the road next year.  This spring the north side shoulder will be improved, a white line painted to designate the pedestrian area, and signage installed.  Klondike will remain as a two way road.


Driveway Widening

March 2014: Council’s approval on driveway widths retains the maximum 50% frontage for parking space, while permitting any extension to the side of the driveway.  Any extension must be interlock or some other landscape material (not asphalt). For narrow townhouse frontages, any addition would be slight.  Keeping 50% in lawn is to protect landscaping, including trees, and to ensure no significant change in run off that could cause excessive water, leading to possible flooding downstream.  It also keeps some area available for snow storage.  Full information on driveway widening will be on the City website once the appeal period is over (about 6 weeks).  Please let me know if you need any additional information.


Camp FFIT returns with firefighter training camp for young women

Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call for Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2014. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, are invited to apply.

Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of firefighting. Participants will have an opportunity to perform many tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Search and rescue
  • Auto extrication
  • Forcible entry
  • Catching hydrants
  • High rise operations and aerial ladder climb
  • Wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus)
  • Fighting simulated kitchen and car fires

Applications are available now at ottawa.ca and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 23, 2014.

Participants will have an opportunity to speak to men and women who work at Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have graduated from the pre-service firefighter training programs at Algonquin College and La Cité Collegial. Camp instruction will be offered in English.

Camp FFIT, now in its fifth year, will take place:

Date: August 11 to 15
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre
898 Industrial Avenue

For questions please email campffit@ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1.


Goulbourn Pool

The diagnosis only gets worse for the pool at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.  From routine maintenance such as repainting, to discovery of mould in the roof and then in the walls, and now rust in the structural steel, the work continues with no opening date in sight.  This has added a lot of pressure on the RRCK, with swimming lessons for more than 600 additional individuals transferred from Goulbourn.  With the planned closure of the Leisure Centre in March (for safety upgrades), the pools will only get more crowded.  Full local use of the pool area of the RRCK is delayed until the Goulbourn Pool opens.  That date is still unknown as City staff work out a means to make the substantive repairs to the pool area.


Knudson Drive Area Traffic Management Study

Options to deal with the speeding problem on Knudson will be provided by City staff at this meeting.  Residents from any street that has a speeding problem are welcome to attend to hear about possible solutions that may be used for Knudson or other streets. It will also provide information that can be used by the Transportation Advisory Committee I’ve set up to consider issues in Kanata North impacting motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and to recommend improvements that would make our streets and pathways safer.


Interactive Meeting on the proposal for new Retirement Residence for 100 Varley

When: Monday, February 17 at 6:30 pm.
Where: Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau, Hall D
Who: Kanata Beaverbrook residents
RSVP: Because the space at the hall is limited please RSVP to gary.sealey@gmail.com.

This is a small, interactive group meeting to review Taggart Group’s new proposal for a Retirement Residence attached to their existing apartment building at 100 Varley. It is also an opportunity to meet your neighbours. Materials will be supplied for evaluation and comment.

For more information, contact Gary at 613-791-6729.


March Break camps offer adventures in your neighbourhood

School will be out from March 10 to 14 for March Break and the City is offering a week of fun-filled activities with over 100 action-packed camps in sports, arts, swimming and more.

Register now for March Break camps. Find your neighbourhood adventure online at ottawa.ca/recreation:

  • Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps.
  • Try aqua camps, indoor soccer or rock climbing.
  • Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps.
  • Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps.
  • Get messy with clay, paints and glue.
  • Work on your leadership skills and make new friends.

Ottawa’s largest selection of camps comes with enthusiastic and trained leaders. Our programs offer top value and quality you can trust.

Registration can be done online, by phone (613-580-2588) or visit a recreation facility or Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with all your registration needs.


RBC to offer free public skating to help residents stay active

Residents can enjoy free public skating on weekends at local arenas, thanks to a commitment from RBC. The City and RBC today announced a new sponsorship agreement that will help the Ottawa community stay active and improve their skating skills.

Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee, recognized RBC as the latest sponsor of the City’s Community Champions Program. Jeff Boyd, RBC Regional President, Ontario North and East, also received a Certificate of Recognition in the “Leader” category.

“RBC is a true community leader and their generous contribution will help promote skating and healthy active living in Ottawa,” said Mayor Watson. “This Community Champions partnership will benefit children and families by supporting opportunities to learn and enjoy skating, and who knows, this may even inspire some future skating champions or hockey players.”

The RBC commitment is worth $200,000 over three years and will support free public skating in City arenas on Saturdays and Sundays at all scheduled free skates from January to April and September to December. In addition, children will benefit from the RBC Try it Out! Skating Animation Program, which includes 25 hours per week of basic instructional and play animation (organized recreational skating) that will be available at a number of public skating locations and times.

“The value of this agreement only tells part of the story since these learning and practicing opportunities help develop skills, expertise and self esteem,” said Councillor Taylor “This sponsorship will help to encourage young skaters to further improve their skills in a Learn to Skate class.”

“It’s a privilege to partner with the City and give back to this great community that has given so much to us,” said Jeff Boyd. “We believe investing in this great initiative not only demonstrates RBC’s continuing commitment to kids and families to be healthier, happier and more active, but brings to life our five-year $100 million Believe in Kids Pledge intended to improve the well-being of one million kids — mind, body and spirit.”

The Community Champions Program is a partnership initiative that invites businesses, community organizations, foundations and individuals to sponsor City of Ottawa facilities, programs, services and community initiatives.


Family Day schedule changes

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Family Day (Monday, February 17).

Recreation services:

  • Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open on Family Day for the Mayor’s Annual Family Day Skating Party, weather permitting.
  • Most recreation facilities will be modifying their hours of operation on Monday, February 17. There may be changes to schedules and program cancellations in order to provide special programming for the Family Day holiday. Additional swimming and skating sessions will be offered at many sites. Please check schedules at ottawa.ca or with the facility of your choice.

Client services:

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 18.
  •  The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 18.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention.  Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY): 613-580-2401. 

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

  • There will be no curbside green bin , recycling or garbage collection on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 18. In addition, the collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of February 17. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be no multi-residential bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 18. Collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of February 17. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of February 17.
  • The Trail Road landfill site is closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17.

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule with minor reductions on Monday, February 17. Special school trip routes numbered in the 600s and Route 201 will not operate. The O-Train schedule will remain unchanged. A family may travel all day with a $7.95 DayPass, which can be purchased from the bus operator when you board. A family includes up to six people with a maximum of two aged 13 or older. Call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com. 
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on February 17, except the Rideau Centre office, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  •  The OC Transpo Telephone Information Centre (613‑741‑4390) will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  •  The OC TranspoCustomer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Parking:

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.

Ottawa Public Health:

  • SITE program – SITE office at 179 Clarence Street is closed, however, the Site mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 

Cultural services:

  • Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, Nepean Museum and Shenkman’s Arts Centre are open for Family Day events.
  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres,Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Billings Estate National Historic Site will be closed on Family Day. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.

Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed on Saturday, February 15 and Monday, February 17 for the Family Day weekend. 

Municipal child care services:

Ottawa Public Library:

  • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 18.


Free public Wi-Fi access coming to 25 City facilities

Free Wi-Fi access will soon be available to the public at 25 City facilities, thanks to a five-year sponsorship agreement unveiled today between the City of Ottawa and IceNet Wireless, an Ottawa-based wireless internet company and a division of EION Inc. This is the latest sponsorship under the City’s Community Champions Program.

The City of Ottawa issued a request for proposals last year seeking a company to provide no-cost Wi-Fi service while generating revenue for the City. The winning proposal by IceNet Wireless met these criteria and included a guaranteed $315,000 in revenue over five years for the City and bilingual support for Wi-Fi users.

“Ottawa residents have been calling for Wi-Fi access in City buildings and today we are able to answer that call,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This Community Champions partnership gives residents a service they need, at no cost to the City, and generates $63,000 in revenue per year. It is truly a win-win deal.”

Services will be installed over the coming months in several recreation complexes and community centres across the city as well as the ByWard Market Building, Ben Franklin Place and City Hall. The 25 locations will all be online by July.

“The new Wi-Fi service will allow parents to work or check their e-mail while waiting for their children to finish up activities at their neighbourhood arena or swimming pool,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee. “This makes our recreation facilities more functional for families and provides a higher level of customer service to all users of our facilities.”

“Whether at work or at play, Ottawa residents want to stay connected to each other and to the world, and technology helps us do that” said Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Information Technology Sub-committee. “I’m pleased that upgrades to our City’s infrastructure, like this one, help give Ottawa residents that connectivity they deserve.”

“I’m very pleased that IceNet is able to work with the City of Ottawa to provide public WiFi access,” said Kalai Kalaichelvan, CEO of IceNet Wireless. “We will also launch a Multi Media platform that includes high definition digital displays, online access and web services, allowing businesses to better connect and communicate with Ottawa residents. I am proud that IceNet Wireless is the latest Community Champions Partner and I look forward to seeing this partnership grow.”

The Community Champions Program is a partnership initiative that invites businesses, community organizations, foundations and individuals to sponsor City of Ottawa facilities, programs, services and community initiatives.

The 25 facilities due to receive free Wi-Fi in the coming months are:

  • Ben Franklin Place/Centrepointe
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex
  • ByWard Market Building
  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre
  • Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex
  • Greenboro Community Centre
  • Heron Road Community Centre
  • Hunt Club – Riverside Community Centre
  • Jack Purcell Community Centre
  • Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
  • Kanata Leisure Centre
  • Kanata Recreation Complex
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Ottawa City Hall
  • Overbrook Community Centre
  • Plant Recreation Centre
  • Pinecrest Recreation Complex
  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex
  • Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
  • Ron Kolbus-Lakeside Gardens
  • Splash Wave Pool
  • St-Laurent Complex
  • Walter Baker Sports Complex


PICK YOUR PLAN FOR MARCH ROAD EXPANSION LANDS

It’s not often you can help to design a community, complete with homes, stores, schools, parks and facilities, but this year you can do just that for the March Road expansion area. Attend a public meeting on Wed. Feb. 26th at 6:30 pm at the RRCK to see four options, consolidated from the 15 concepts created by community members last year. You can support an option, parts of several options or make suggestions for changes to any of the options. Everyone is welcome to attend and provide their viewpoint.

Link to City of Ottawa website with more information:  http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/planning-and-infrastructure/community-meeting-3-february-26-2014

 

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